Tottenham Hotspur could ensure they get something out of the situation that could see Brazilian midfielder transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Recently, Paulinho offered a statement implying that he wanted to play more football. The box-to-box Brazilian, who arrived at White Hart Lane from Corinthians last summer after a £17m agreement, indicated that he understood a rotation policy, but that he is a natural competitor and wished to play.
Manager Tim Sherwood countered that it is he who picks the players and that he bases his team selection on training "not on reputations and price tags".
Could this be the root of the transfer speculation linking the 25-year-old, an effective and strong midfielder, away from North London and into West London, where a place in the heart of Jose Mourinho's midfield could await him?
It may seem unfathomable, especially as the player has featured in 28 matches (or 2,237 minutes) of Premier League football, made five Europa League appearances and enjoyed two League Cup outings, but even though Paulinho joined less than one year ago, he could leave this summer.
Tottenham could make a profit on the player…
…or they could ask for a player in return, a swap deal if you will, involving an oft-overlooked striker who will unlikely play a prominent role for Mourinho at Chelsea next season due to the Portuguese's plans for a squad overhaul and striker reinforcement.
That player is Romelu Lukaku, a hulking forward with goal-scoring prowess.
Lukaku is still just 20, has his prime years ahead of him, yet has netted 13 goals on loan at Everton this season with eight assists, also.
Seems like a deal that could benefit both clubs.